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Friday, 9 March 2012
Woven plastic bottle vase
From a distance, you would never guess this vase was plastic. Plus, it’s virtually unbreakable, and you can recycle it if you decide to redecorate.
Difficulty level: Beginner
What you’ll need: large plastic bottle, scissors, pencil (for marking)
How to make it:
1. Mark and cut the smooth middle portion of the bottle to give an even edge that’s approximately 7.5 to 8 centimeters above desired position of fluted rim.
2. Measure and mark straight, evenly spaced cuts all the way around the bottle. Cut the segments in half; then cut each of those in half to make even, thin strips.
3. Carefully press and fold all the strips outward to make a level edge all the way around. Press the bottle upside down on a flat surface to ensure an even edge.
4. Weave the tip of a strip over the next one and under the next two. Fold and crease it so that the tip is at the place .
5. Fold and crease the next one the same way, but weave this one over two and under one. Fold the third strip and weave the same as the first one. Continue around in this pattern until the last three and tuck each one under the next until woven in completely.
Why not give this a try for a really original vase.
Thursday, 8 March 2012
Materials Needed for Making Recycled Plastic Beads
Plastic Bottle Beads Jewelry
- A clean plastic bottle or any other plastic item that resembles the hard plastic of a bottle.
- Colors- it can be anything from acrylic paints, permanent markers or even nail polish.
- Pliers â€“ one and if possible two.
- Heat gun or a hair dryer.
Steps to Make Recycled Plastic Bottle BeadsDo the following step-by-step and you'll get the very much home made colorful and attractive plastic bottle beads!
- Take the scissors and the plastic bottle. Cut strips of plastic from it. A longer narrower strip will help you make round and fairly shaped plastic bead. Wider strips will give you large plastic beads that are often shapeless. The choice depends upon you according to the craft project you'll use these recycled beads.
- Paint the inside of the strips of plastic with any of the colors you have chosen to use. You can make full use of your creativity here by using multiple colors and designs to make your plastic beads more and more attractive.
- Hold one of the ends of the strip with the pliers. If you have cut triangular plastic strips, begin at the widest part. Now roll the other end of your strip around the end held in the pliers. When it is rolled tightly, hold the visible end and move the pliers so that they are keeping the whole roll together.
- Now take the heat gun or the hair dryer and hold your plastic roll in front of the heat for about 30-50 seconds. Keep on moving it gently so that the whole roll is heated.
- Your recycled plastic bead is ready. Just one more step- if you have used acrylic paint or nail polish, you should cover your recycled plastic bottle bead with a sealant to protect its color.
- Make the other plastic bottle beads in the same manner.
Sunday, 4 March 2012
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Friday, 2 March 2012
We have all had disasters; soap that burns or won't set, knitted jumpers that are twice the planned size, bread that doesn't rise...
On the positive side it is well worth persevering with skills and you will get better. In the mean time check out www.regretsy.com to see the funny side of crafting. It will certainly brighten your day!